Spend a long weekend in Rovaniemi at the Kotitie B&B. Very nice room with super clean and modern bath; fantastic breakfast with lots of homemade local specialties. Really pampered by the hosts, who even catered to food allergies very well. Location is very convenient, only couple steps to downtown Rovaniemi. Enjoyed it very much
In addition to the B&B, these folks offer a private sauna visit in their home, along with an explanation of Finnish sauna culture and a homemade dinner if you like. I chose the herbal sauna and dinner plan, learned a lot, relaxed for as long as I wanted in the sauna(with trips out to the snow to cool off!) and finished with a great dinner. You have the whole sauna and nearby rooms to yourself so it’s completely private. Everything you need from towels, robe and soap(also homemade!) to a shower and drinks to refresh during and after the sauna. I am really happy that they had space available for my last minute booking...cannot recommend this experience enough!
Excellent place for our family with 2 kids. Very clean and comfortable. Great breakfast with traditional finnish food. Owners very nice and friendly making feel like at home. Also at walking distance to the city centre, the malls and the Arktikum Museum where you can also see the northern lights. We will return to this place again as it is better than a hotel. Next time in summer time.
To say we enjoyed our visit would be a huge understatement . The moment we arrived at their home Pekka and Aini made us feel not only welcomed but as if we were royalty. We were handed glasses of fresh Birch water directly from the tree in their front yard ! They explained the process of gathering that only enhanced the enjoyment. From there we were given a tour of their lovely home. Our next treat was the massages, at home we are regular devotees of massage and indulge once a week so needless to say we can be critical. Well the secret here if that they had both been physical therapists at one time! After the massage we had been given the entire downstairs for our sauna experience. Now this was not an ordinary sauna experience, again Pekka indulged with home made Bilberry ( blueberry) juice and more birch water to make sure we did not dehydrate. She shared her home made birch astringent to cleanse our faces and then hand made soap and shampoo as well as moisturizer cream. The lovely sauna was enhanced by a foot bath with yes yet again home made birch salts and birch tree twitches to stimulate the skin. After each 10-15 minute session in the sauna we had the luxury of a private exit to the snow plunge experience while our bodies smoked thru the cool down experience. When we felt thoroughly cleansed both physically and spiritually which Pekka explained was an additional benefit of the sauna. The final treat was the delicious meal! Again home made smoked fish, hand picked mushrooms and a yummy cheese and mushroom tart, also included a salad and 2 very Finnish desert treats. If you have the time while in Rovaniemi or need a place to stay, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge yourselves you will not be disappointed…
Very sympathetic lady of the house guided us throughout typical Finnish dishes and ingrediënten. Excellent food, very competitiv price. We can recommand this adress to all tourists who want to know more about life in Lapland.